A reporter said what???!!!

With all of the partisan bickering going on, we could use a chuckle to lighten the mood.

Here is one that should do the trick.

In a story about Oklahoma’s new license plate – which features a scissor-tailed flycatcher – KOTV reporter Rick Wells writes, “You don’t have to get a new plate right away; instead, when your current one expires, go to a tag agent, pay the renewal fee and they’ll give you the bird.”

The Urban Dictionary defines “give the bird” as “to make a very impolite sign by raising your middle finger towards someone in order to show that you are angry with them”.

This situation is reminiscent of the first-ever cartoon featuring Tweety Bird.

In the cartoon, cats Babbit and Catstello are trying to catch and eat Tweety. One scene goes like this:

Babbit meant a literal bird, but Catstello wanted to give Babbit the other kind of bird.

Hopefully, Oklahoma motorists won’t be given the latter when they go to buy new license plates for their vehicles.

* According to Britannica.com, the Hays Office was an organization “that promulgated a moral code for films” and “in 1930 developed the Production Code, which detailed what was morally acceptable on the screen.”

Blogging Note: A Tale of Two Kitties – the first-ever cartoon featuring Tweety Bird – is in the public domain, which is why images from that cartoon can be featured in this post.

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  • yetanotherjohn

    I see your double entendre and raise you a (hopefully) unintended racism. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/953187c3c0ecfd836ebd2b5482311c24e69d12aaeb170eeb0f17bd97415f61e4.jpg

    • dott

      That’s truly horrid. How did that get all the way to screen on Yahoo Finance?!?! Incredible.

  • Retired military

    Come on. What do you expect. I mean look who the nominees for President were.


  • dott

    Ah, the days when Funny Cartoons were clever, and almost intended more for adult audiences as they were for the kiddos. Miss that.


    One of the most scandalous films that lobbied vigorously for approval by the Hays Office, yet failed, was Ecstasy, starring Hedy Lamar. I suppose the fact she appeared nude and inferred sexual intercourse (with only her face) may have had something to do with the ruling.

    Of course, Lamar went on the become a lauded inventor who developed technology for radio guidance of torpedoes. That same technology (frequency hopping) is incorporated in modern WiFi and Bluetooth devices. How is her story not a major motion picture?

    • jim_m

      She’s white. Next question.

      • Brucehenry

        Yeah because nobody ever makes movies about white people any more.

        • jim_m

          Sire they do. White people are evil. Just like when they made the Sum of All Fears into a movie they had to change it from Islamic terrorists to white conservatives.

          You fail to see the racism around you on the left.

          • Brucehenry

            The Sum of All Fears was made 15 years ago. I’m pretty sure they’ve made a couple of movies since in which white people weren’t portrayed as evil.

            You are such a butthurt dumbass.

          • jim_m

            So your denial of the fact the the left is institutionally racist is based on the notion that it has been institutionallly racist for too long to make a difference.


          • Brucehenry

            LOL don’t ever change.

          • Brucehenry

            Hey why don’t you explain to us all how this list of recent Best Picture Oscars proves your point?


          • jim_m

            And you deny the overwhelming body of evidence that Hollywood is dominated by the radical left? Your dishonesty grow with every comment you make.

            If you are going to be this dishonest I would suggest the moderators just get it over with and ban you.

          • Brucehenry

            Ha ha well I wouldn’t put it that way –that Hollywood is “dominated by the radical left.” Do most of the people making movies in Hollywood have a liberal bent? Sure. That’s because most artists possess empathy, a quality conservatives lack. Has it ever been thus? To some extent, sure, but there are and were many exceptions.

            You are the one who implied that Hollywood movies are made to demonize white people and lionize folks of color. Well, if you make movies about slavery or the CRM, for instance, you’re probably gonna have a little of that. After all, slavery and the Klan were indeed, you know….bad. But have there not been many movies in recent years celebrating brilliant white people, as Buster thinks Lamarr should be celebrated? “A Beautiful Mind.” “The Theory of Everything.” “The Imitation Game.” There are three examples just off the top of my head.

            Let’s face it you just popped off with your poor poor white folks are so put upon trope and didn’t think you’d be asked to defend it.

            BTW I notice that you can’t find even one example of your point among the 15 Oscar winners listed. If caucasian-bashing is really a thing, why aren’t there examples of this among them?

            (With any luck, here’s where Jim claims that the misunderstood slaveholders in “!2 Years A Slave” were portrayed unfairly.)

          • jim_m

            Notice that in the movies you mentioned the significant facts that the protagonist is primarily depicted as something aside from being white. They are gay, mentally ill, or disabled.

            As yes, Hollywood is radically left wing. They suck up to communist mass murderers because they think communism is cool. They jet around the world screeching about warming oblivious to the fact that they are more of the supposed problem than the lifestyles of the people whom they demand live like 18th century paupers. They demand martial law because allowing a legally elected president to take office would be fascism.

            Hollywood is cluelessly, dangerously left wing.

          • Brucehenry

            Oh okay well when you put it that way your blahblah makes perfect sense.

          • And he always will.

    • Radio (as in RF) guidance for Torpedoes (an underwater weapon)? Put down the crack pipe son.


        Simply look up Hedy Lamar, it should only take a second.

        Here, I will pull the excerpt from Wikipedia.

        At the beginning of World War II, Lamarr and composer George Antheil developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes, which used spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology to defeat the threat of jamming by the Axis powers.[4] Although the US Navy did not adopt the technology until the 1960s, the principles of their work are now incorporated into modern Wi-Fi, CDMA, and Bluetooth technology,[5][6][7] and this work led to their induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.[4][8]

        If I remember correctly, they got their original idea from the rolls used in player pianos.

        Funny, only on Wizbang is a mere reference to history something that elicits a contentious response or two.

        I am guessing you are the fun guy at Thanksgiving that volunteers to correct and educate the other guest on their misconceptions.